You can email enquiries here firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote and advice on size etc. You may also attach any photos if you have them. To discuss your commission in person, please call one of the contact numbers given. As I am often in the studio, please leave a message and preferred contact time if I do not answer at once. I will respond within 24 hours of your call.
I love to meet the subjects I am portraying where possible and can also take the photos for you if required, distance allowing. I charge from £35 for a standard photo shoot of about an hour and you get digital copies of any photos you like, in addition to the one we use for your Portrait. If taking your own photos, images should be as sharp, well lit and as high resolution as possible. Please do not save digital images smaller to send, as detail is lost this way when it comes to reproducing them at my end. It is generally best to photograph animals from their own level if you can, rather than from above which can give a distorted aspect to the subject. Having said all that, I have been able to achieve good results with less than ideal photographs, where they are all that is available as may be the case with posthumous portraits for example.
Once the photos are selected, I will confirm size, background and any other requirements with you and any deadline for the work. At this stage a 25% deposit is payable. Oil paintings standardly take from 4 to 6 weeks but I can often make tighter deadlines where needed.
For long distance and overseas commissions, I send you photo updates during the process and before final dispatch. When you are completely happy, I send the completed Portrait, fully insured by Royal Mail Parcel Force. I quote this individually as it varies on location, dimensions, weight etc. Drawings are usually delivered mounted (matted) and sealed.